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Dens – Taming Tongues

Dens are one of the more unsung bands of the Facedown Records roster. Yet they give me a feeling that is exactly the midpoint of moods emanating from both Thrice and My Epic, and for that I'm very grateful. They blew me away a couple of years ago with their single "Deadrise" and the EP No Small ...

IN WINDS-EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY

My first encounter with Dan Amaro was a few years ago. At the time he was the singer/rhythm guitarist of Detroit, MI pop-punk band The Major Minor. I remember a friend and I saying what a great voice he had. After their set we made it our mission to chat with him for a few minutes. Once we made our way ...

I’m feeling nostalgic, let’s see what new tunes hit the spot [single reviews]

Bird and Byron - "Alone!": LA band to watch Bird and Byron recently dropped this short bop adeptly titled "Alone!" This indie pop ditty features a desperate chorus atop a care-free blanket of instrumentation. The vocals have a bit of a soulful feeling, mixing a bit of southern rock or Americana (choose ...

Robert Gay & The Alarms – How to Make a Memory

My first connection with the Nashville based musician Robert Gay was mid-2018 when I was booking Steadfast Festival 2019. A mutual friend had connected me with him to inquire about booking one of the artists he collaborates with. This booking did not come to pass, but I was pleasantly surprised at how ...

Reflecting on Melissa VillaseƱor’s “Dreamer” and “Safe Place”

This afternoon, I watched the debut episode of SNL comedienne and impressionist Melissa VillaseƱor's new podcast "Laughing With Myself," and at the end of the episode she said something quite profound. I'm paraphrasing here so bear with me; she mentioned the importance of laughing at herself because ...

The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form

Oh, the struggle of feeling pressure to publish a review on release day! Especially one as deep and sweeping as the latest from The 1975! I'm not complaining though. I might be a bit scatterbrained, which could be a function of the album. At 22 tracks long, it is a lot to take in. It has one of the ...

my surroundings are chill, and my mind is lit [single reviews]

Safari Room - "Young Water": In our Nashville Artists to Watch feature earlier this year, I compared Safari Room to Local Natives. This earworm of a tune definitely continues this vibe, with a bit of an emotive twist. The feeling I get while listening is similar to stepping into the sunshine of my yard ...